Jesús J. Barquet (b. 1953, Havana): A professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Barquet is also a poet and critic and has lectured in various universities in Latin America. He came to the United States on the 1980 Mariel boatlift and received Master’s and PhD degrees in Spanish at Tulane University. His critical work includes the books Consagración de La Habana, which received the Letras de Oro award from the University of Miami in 1991, and  Escrituras poéticas de una nación: Dulce María Loynaz, Juana Rosa Pita y Carlota Caulfield, which received the Lourdes Casal Award in Havana. His poetry collections include Sin decir el mar, Sagradas herejíasÍcaro, El libro del desterrado, El libro de los héroes and  Naufragios. Barquet was writer-in-residence at the Altos de Chavón's Residency Program in 1994. (Cintas for literature, 1991-92)

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